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Movement Research offers a variety of internship opportunities for artists and emerging arts workers ages 18 and up. We offer ongoing internships during our Fall and Spring seasons, as well as winter and summer internships geared to college and university students and recent graduates. Interns receive free classes and some free workshops in exchange for their work.

Because our classes are currently (due to COVID) online and mostly free, interns will receive class cards that they can use when in-person classes resume. Movement Research is equipped to work with students who are seeking credits through a college program or course. The Internship Program enables 25-30 interns annually to learn valuable administrative skills and assist MR staff. Read on for details on the positions, openings, and how to apply.

Historically we accept application materials for all internships on a rolling basis. At this time, due to Covid-19 and related closures, we are only accepting applications for the positions listed in the "Currently Seeking" section below.

To be notified about upcoming openings, join our mailing list at the bottom of this page, and be sure to select the "Artist Opportunities" list.

Movement Research is equipped to work with students who are seeking credits through a college program or course.

When internship positions become available, we will post them here:

Updated July 2, 2021.

We are currently not seeking any interns. Please check back for updates soon, as we will begin organizing our Fall intern program shortly.

Please scroll down for internship details and descriptions. The Movement Research Internship program has a work-study structure. In exchange for their time, Movement Research interns receive access to MR Classes. Because our classes are currently online and mostly free, interns will receive class cards that they can use when in-person classes resume. Movement Research is equipped to work with students who are seeking credits through a college program or course.

Internship Descriptions

Minimum commitment varies, but is generally 3-6 months for NY residents and case by case basis for international students, 15 hours per week, depending on the duration of the Internship, in exchange for free classes and some free or discounted workshops. Please note that we are unable to assist with visas and do not qualify to sponsor a visa at this time.

Office internship areas of focus include:

Archival:

The Archival Intern assists the Media and Communications Manager with the daily maintenance of our digital and hard copy video archive, database, press and promotional materials, website, and social media for the full duration of Movement Research's tenure. The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, basic organizational skills, and an interest in the documentation of contemporary and experimental dance. Experience with Mac software and Excel are strongly encouraged. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud, iMovie, and/or social media platforms a plus.

Communications:

The Communications Intern assists the Media and Communications Manager with press and promotional materials, website maintenance, and online class listings. The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, basic organizational skills, and an interest in engaging in Movement Research classes and events. Attention to detail and strong proofreading skills are a priority. Experience with Mailchimp, Medium and/or other media software a plus.

Executive Assistant:

The Executive Assistant Intern will interact with every department at Movement Research by acting as a liaison between programming staff and the development, marketing and operations team members. This intern will be responsible for consistently entering program statistics for MR’s eleven interrelated programs, which include: Classes & Workshops, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Performance, Studies Projects, MR Festivals, Artists-in-Residence (AIR), Subsidized Rehearsal Space, Movement Research Exchange (MRX), Internship, MR Publishing (Performance Journal & Critical Correspondence), and DanceMakers in the Schools. This intern will report directly to MR’s Managing Director and work with MR’s database consultants to implement a comprehensive, monthly program tracking system. The ideal candidate possesses a strong interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language, data gathering and statistical analysis. Experience with Mac software, Word, Excel and Filemaker strongly encouraged.

Fall Festival (September-February):

The Fall Festival Intern works closely with the Fall Festival curatorial team, the Program and Events team, and Media and Communications Manager. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week beginning in August and working through the end of November. Intern should have good organizational and email communication skills, an attention to detail, and some familiarity with google docs and with setting up and working on spreadsheets. Intern will be compensated with free admittance to festival events in addition to some free classes with Movement Research during the term of their internship.

Fundraising:

The Fundraising Intern assists the Development Manager with tasks that vary by season (including support for grant deadlines, end-of-year giving, Gala, Artist Advisory Council and Board) and is responsible for entering donations into the database, assisting with program tracking, taking minutes at various meetings and grant/artist opportunity research. Additionally, the ideal candidate possesses a strong interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through written language. Experience with Mac software, Word, Excel and Filemaker strongly encouraged.

Gala:

The Gala Intern works closely with the Development Associate in the planning of the annual Movement Research Gala. This position will assist with data base entry, donation tracking, ticket sales and in-kind donation outreach and coordination, thank you letters, gala attendance tracking, and gala follow up. Ideal candidates should have some familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word, strong writing skills and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a small, busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week; hours will increase in the week leading up to and following the Gala.

Social Media:

The Social Media Intern works with the Media and Communications team to maintain Movement Research’s presence and activity on social media platforms. Tasks include drafting weekly and daily media posts, tracking statistics/audience engagement, corresponding with artists to retrieve photos/video. The ideal candidate is interested in engaging with MR classes and events, as they will be encouraged to take photos/videos at such events. Schedule is flexible. Familiarity with Facebook and Instagram is a priority.

Performance Journal Archives and Subscriptions Intern:

This intern assists with mailing and distribution. Responsibilities include:

  • Reach out to potential and past MRPJ advertisers through ad calls and maintain ad tracking for each issue
  • Track subscriptions and help to increase subscriber base
  • Work with the Publications Associate and Legacy Partner institutions to produce Legacy Partners section of MRPJ
  • Help to manage press and publicity for the journal, including social media accounts
  • Collect event dates & details for the Featured Artists Calendar

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience with Google suite and Microsoft excel
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-directed and able to work independently towards collective deadlines
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work remotely as a team member

Photography:

The Photography Intern works with the Media and Communications Department to photograph events and classes for Movement Research. Priority is given to applicants with interest in professional photography and documentation in creative contexts. Commitment is 10-15 hours a week. Ideal candidates will have an attention to detail and a focus for capturing the environment of a performance and research space. Some flexibility is required, as weekly schedule is determined by MR’s schedule of classes and events. Please provide samples of your photography in your application.

Program & Events:

The Programs & Events Intern works closely with the Programs and Events Manager and Programs & Events Associate to organize many of Movement Research’s artist programs and events. This position primarily assists in the management of Movement Research Workshops (including Fall and Spring Workshops and the Summer and Winter MELT Workshop series) and MR’s application processes (Movement Research at the Judson Church and the Artist-in-Residence Program). In addition to working consistent hours in the office, this intern assists on-site at select MR events each month. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful.

Program Operations:

The Program Operations Intern works closely with the Operations Department on matters related to the day-to-day operations of MR’s class and internship programs. This position supports registration and attendance tracking of our classes which take place at various locations across lower Manhattan. This position also facilitates communication between the MR administrative staff and MR faculty with regards to class schedule and related details. The Program Operations Intern reports directly to the Operations Manager and the Operations Associate. Candidates should have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and excellent email etiquette. Experience with Microsoft Suite, Google Drive and Mac Mail are a plus but not required.

Programming:

The Programming Intern works closely with the Programs & Events Manager to organize many of the artist programs and events including, but not limited to: the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program, the artist exchange program, the annual Spring Gala, and MR’s application based programs (MR at the Judson Church and AIR). In addition to working consistent hours in the office, this intern assists on-site at select MR events each month. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful.

Special Events (March-June):

The Special Events Intern works closely with the Programs & Events Manager and the Development Associate in the planning of the annual Movement Research Spring Gala. This position will assist with volunteer outreach and coordination, organizing logistics relating to the performance, donation tracking, ticket sales and in-kind donation outreach. Ideal candidates should have some event coordination experience, a familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a small, busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week; hours will increase in the week leading up to and following the Gala.

Spring Festival (Feb-June):

The Spring Festival Intern works closely with the Spring Festival curatorial team, the Director of Artist's Programs and Program and Events Coordinator. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week beginning in February and working through the end of June. Intern should have good organizational and email communication skills, an attention to detail, and some familiarity with google docs and with setting up and working on spreadsheets. Intern will be compensated with free admittance to festival events in addition to some free classes with Movement Research during the term of their internship.

Critical Correspondence Internships are approximately 10 hrs per week. Hours may be distributed unevenly depending on season and workflow. The internship term is one year. Intern is required to attend the monthly editorial team meeting.

A CC Intern responsibilities include:
- Transcribe/edit interviews
- Assist with website maintenance
- Convert audio files into podcasts
- Keep a calendar of events, interviews, and other timely matters
- Participate in preparation of monthly e-newsletter
- Deliver recorders from the Movement Research office to interviewers
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- An interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language
- Familiarity with web platforms
- Writing and editing skills
- Interview skills
- Ability to work independently
- Audio and video editing skills also greatly appreciated but not required
- Investment in the mission and goals of the publication

This internship is largely self-directed and the intern will most often work from home, aside from monthly meetings. It's a good opportunity to gain experience in the field and hone editorial and critical thinking skills. During the internship, the intern will receive access to Movement Research classes and some workshops. Due to COVID-19, MR classes and workshops are being planned virtually for the Fall 2020 season.

Mission and Goals of CC:
Critical Correspondence (CC) is an artist-driven project of Movement Research that aims to activate, develop and increase the visibility of critical discourse on dance and movement-based performance work. We initiate conversations and writings to map the language surrounding current practices and to establish a dialogue between artists and others who are engaged with this work. We also host contributions from artists/writers traveling, working in different localities or reporting from a particular working process.

Click here to read CC and learn more >>

To apply for a CC Internship, email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected]

Movement Research Performance Journal seeks two new Editorial Interns for the 2020/21 (with the possibility to continue). Internships are approximately 5-10 hours /week. Hours will be distributed unevenly depending on the production schedule for the publication and any pressing needs that emerge with each issue. The internship term is for two issues, lasting approximately one year. During that time, the intern will receive free Movement Research classes and some workshops. All interns will attend editorial meetings, working closely with the editorial team (Editors-in-Chief mayfield brooks and Joshua Lubin-Levy, and Managing Editor John Arthur Peetz), assist with copyediting, and will participate in the overall production of the Journal. The internship is largely self-directed, and the intern will most often work from home, aside from meetings. It is an opportunity to gain experience in the field and hone editorial and critical thinking skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with research and information gathering to support writers and editors (for instance literature reviews)
  • Write article summaries and brief listing-format pieces
  • Help collect writer bylines
  • Transcribe/edit interviews

The ideal candidates will have the following:

  • An interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Self-directed and able to work independently towards collective deadlines
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work remotely as a team member

If interested please email materials outlined in the Guidelines tab above to [email protected] by Tuesday, October 13th.

Click here to read more about the Performance Journal.

6 month (fall or spring season) minimum time commitment
An average of 10 hours per week in free classes, some free workshops, at least one MELT workshop.

Duties include: set-up, door, and technical assistance for Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Performance, Studies Project, Movement Research Festivals, and Gala.

Interested in Applying?

Read the application guidelines for more information about how to apply, deadlines and program details.

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Current Interns


Former Interns (dating back through 2016)


Applications are reviewed periodically, either with each new season, or as a position becomes available. Historically we accept application materials for all internships on a rolling basis. At this time, due to Covid-19 and related closures, we are only accepting applications for the positions listed in the "Currently Seeking" in the "About" tab.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume reflecting relevant experience.

To apply for a Critical Correspondence Internship, email a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

For all positions, send materials to [email protected]. Please note for which positions you are applying. The resume should focus on work experience and include all relevant computer skills, technological experience, finance/cash register experience, and whatever else you feel is applicable to your areas of interest.

Please note that, with our part time staff, we are often unable to answer inquiries immediately.


For October 2020 Performance Journal internship Applications:

To apply for the Performance Journal Archives & Subscriptions internship, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

To apply for the Performance Journal Editorial internship, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] and [email protected] by Tuesday, October 13th.

About the Program

Read more about this program, including details on the positions and current openings.

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